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Posted 10/19/14
Well I used to read Kimi ni Todoke years ago and thought it was pretty good. Barely remember it though.
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Posted 10/20/14 , edited 10/20/14
Kare Kano.

That was among the first shoujos I read, and it made me realize that shoujo manga story can be so...... dark.

I have more, but I need to dig my list first.
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Posted 10/20/14
Occasionally, my sister and I used to swap our Shounen Jump and Shoujo Beats magazines (manga) so she could read Naruto, Bleach, and Yu-Gi-Oh GX and I could read Vampire Knight and Sand Chronicles. I think I was like 15 or 16 back then, she was 14.
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Posted 10/22/14
Shoujo happens to be my favorite genre.
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Not the manga per se, but I've seen quite a few anime. Utena, Nozaki-kun, and Lovely Complex were all very enjoyable. Oh, yeah, there was Centaur no Nayami! That's an awesome manga! Also there was this one about lesbians that actually fucking well focused on the issues that lgbt teens go through in a heteronormative society like Japan. I can't remember what it was called and that annoys me. It was about a girl who transferred schools when the bullying about her sexuality got too bad, and the friend she made who fell in love with her.
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I prefer Shoujo manga and anime to just about every romance drama (including harem; the only exception being shows like Nisekoi which follow the shoujo progression format except with added female cast members.)

Shoujo romance is often much more in-depth and well developed. The relationships feel real and the character progression is alot more realistic.

Characters are not just in love with their main love interests for no reason, they have specific reasons as to what makes them attracted to the love interests at hand.

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Posted 3/29/15 , edited 4/19/15
Good shoujo is really good, for many of the reasons mentioned: interesting character backgrounds, good relationship development that often carries past the confession, etc.

In fact, many of my favorites are shoujo: SA, Maid-Sama, Kare Kano, Fruits Basket, Hitorimi Haduki-San, Taiyou no Ie, Aishiteruze Baby... I could go on.

Bad shoujo, however, can be really bad. The hyper-perfect male lead trope gets really old sometimes, especially when he's a complete jerk; while not as bad as Josei, there is often a "boys will be boys" or even "girls like aggressive men" attitude towards sexual harassment and sexual assault; and the "love conquers all" ideas can get pretty creepy, especially with the massive age differences you often find in shoujo (a 28 year old dating a 14 year old is never okay).

In that sense, I'm more selective about the shoujo I read than the shounen. Bad shounen might be repetitive and dull (once you've seen a guy fall and "accidentally" grab a girl's chest for the 10,000th time, it really looses it's punch...), but bad shoujo is more likely to offend me or piss me off.
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Posted 3/30/15
If its a yaoi then yes
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15
Sports shoujo is okay. Yaoi and magical girl? not interested! shoujo is my least favorite form of targeted audience, but Rose of Versailles is cool. Give me a shoujo series with a GS Mikami feel and I'll be satisfied.
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Posted 4/19/15

mnmike wrote:

Good shoujo is really good, for many of the reasons mentioned: interesting character backgrounds, good relationship development that often carries past the confession, etc.

Bad shoujo, however, can be really bad. The hyper-perfect male lead trope gets really old sometimes, especially when he's a complete jerk; while not as bad as Josei, there is often a "boys will be boys" or even "girls like aggressive men" attitude towards sexual harassment and sexual assault; and the "love conquers all" ideas can get pretty creepy, especially with the massive age differences you often find in shoujo (a 28 year old dating a 14 year old is never okay).

In that sense, I'm more selective about the shoujo I read than the shounen. Bad shounen might be repetitive and dull (once you've seen a guy fall and "accidentally" grab a girl's chest for the 10,000th time, it really looses it's punch...), but bad shoujo is more likely to offend me or piss me off.


Hit the nail on the head. When I originally tried delving into the genre before, I ran face first into this problem and story after story was really pissing me off to the point where I dropped it altogether (mostly afaik). It seems like there are some really good suggestions in this thread so I can start with the good stuff this time around.
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Posted 4/19/15
To my knowledge, all human beings are incapable of not liking Kodomo no Omocha.
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Posted 4/19/15

HeadofEraser wrote:

To my knowledge, all human beings are incapable of not liking Kodomo no Omocha.


yup that's a good one, check out the mangaka's other work too ^^
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Posted 4/19/15
Recently I've been reading Love*Com. About halfway thru the series. It's not bad.
I'm also a couple volumes into A Devil and Her Love Song. I love the leading lady in that one.
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Posted 4/19/15
Only Shoujo i've read is "My Little Monster".

I'm halfway through it and I'm not liking it, Also Shoujo anime for the ones I've seen are really bad.
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Posted 4/19/15
I prefer Josei over Shoujo (it tends to cut out the melodramatic crap and shithead potential lovers that the shojo genre is currently plagued with) but I do read quite a fair amount of shoujo as well. I think my currently reading list is 40% seinen, 30% Josei, 15% Shoujo and 15% Shounen at the moment
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